cataclysm

noun cat·a·clysm \ ˈka-tə-ˌkli-zəm \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of cataclysm

1 : flood, deluge
2 : catastrophe 3a
3 : a momentous and violent event marked by overwhelming upheaval and demolition; broadly : an event that brings great changes
  • an international economic cataclysm

cataclysmal

play \ˌka-tə-ˈkliz-məl\ or cataclysmic play \-mik\ adjective

cataclysmically

play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of cataclysm in a Sentence

  1. floods, earthquakes, and other cataclysms

  2. The country barely survived the cataclysm of war.

  3. The revolution could result in worldwide cataclysm.

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Origin and Etymology of cataclysm

French cataclysme, from Latin cataclysmos, from Greek kataklysmos, from kataklyzein to inundate, from kata- + klyzein to wash — more at clyster


CATACLYSM Defined for English Language Learners

cataclysm

noun

Definition of cataclysm for English Language Learners

  • : something that causes great destruction, violence, etc.



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